Barbaglia own 4.5 hectares, with an additional hectare planted in 2019, a welcoming sign of their growth. The vineyard form a stunning amphitheater that appears to have been precisely cut into the surrounding woods. This was a mammoth effort by this family that took over a decade to come to fruition. They legitimately carved this site out of the woods, that had taken over the bulk of the region.
Soils here are full of porfid rocks from ancient volcanic activity. In fact, Boca is the site of a volcano that erupted into itselt 280 million years ago. When the European and African plates collided to form the Alps years later, this soil rose to the top. This is literally the “bocca” (mouth) of the volcano. These soils are all very acidic, similarly to nearby Suno where Francesco Brigatti is located. Iron rich, one can expect Boca wines to be very sanguine in nature based on this soil type. You will both smell and taste this when drinking a Nebbiolo from Boca.
The climate here is intense, there’s lots of rain and plenty of fog. They are 40 km from Monte Rosa and the vines face that direction, and are thus subjected to the weather systems generated there.
Barbaglia grow Nebbiolo (locally known as Spanna) and Vespolina historically, alongside Croatina, Uva Rara and Erbaluce of which they produce monovarietal expressions of. I’ll never forget my first visit in 2017 and tasting through this extraordinary lineup.